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Metal Casting Technologies : Whos who September 2011
an organisation "National Skill Development Corporation" (NSDC) to administer coordinated action for skill development for various sectors. Government and industry bodies such as CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM has collaborated to set up the NSDC. The objective of NSDC is to advocate, create, fund, facilitate and incentivize skill development in India for 150 million people by 2022. NSDC will be provided a fund of INR 10 billion by Government of India to start the process. Sector Skill Councils (SSC) from different sectors of industries is to be formed and will act under the guidance of NSDC to fulfil the following objectives: ● Conducting research to build up skill database for various industry sectors, reviewing international trends in skill development and identifying skill gaps technology to be taken up for training. ● Improving delivery mechanism of training by updating existing modules of training and developing new modules and partnering with educational institutions to train trainers and to upgrade skill of the stakeholders. ● Building quality assurance by setting up a robust and stringent certification and accreditation process for skill development institutes. To take advantage of this development, the Chairman of IIF Policy Initiative Committee, Mr. K. S. Satyanarayana held several meetings with NSDC with the objective of upgrading the skill of foundry workforce. IIF team also participated in two seminars organised by NSDC to bridge the skill gap. IIF is in the process of filing application for "Sector Skill Council -- Foundry" (SSC- Foundry). In the proposed SSC -- Foundry, IIF will hold maximum equity up to 51% and the balance 49% equity would be held by other stakeholders. The program will run for ten years, out of which the grant for first three years is expected from NSDC. The outcome of it is not immediate, at the end of the program the shortage of skilled manpower is expected to be mitigated to a considerable extent. Green foundry initiative for India In a seminar held recently at Coimbatore, the topic Green Foundry was discussed. The definition of green technology varies from one group or industry to another. It basically means a technology that, when implemented in an organisation, allows it to meet its current needs without compromising the future of environment and society. The Foundry Division of Brakes India Ltd at Sholinghur has taken up the issue in terms of utilisation of wastes from their plant. Foundry return sand has been utilised to make bricks by mixing it with quarry dust, soil and Portland cement in a suitable ratio. These bricks have been used to construct the buildings inside the plant. Ammarun Foundries at Coimbatore is following the concept of Green Foundry by "Clean Foundry", "Green Foundry" and "Zero Waste Discharge Foundry" steps. In "Clean Foundry", air, noise and water pollution in the plant are taken care of by various measures. In "Green Foundry" approach, 750 trees have been planted in the space available inside the plant. The three wastes: slag, used silica sand and dust from shot blasting machine of the plant a re mixed with cement in a suitable ratio and pavement blocks are made out of it under the "Zero Waste Discharge Foundry" concept. Participation of IIF team in GIFA / Newcast The international trade fair GIFA / Newcast was held in Dusseldorf, Germany from 28 June to 2 July 2011. Eighty-one Indian companies exhibited their products in the trade fair. IIF organised a visit of 12 company member of IIF as delegates to the fair. This visit was supported by the Ministry of MSME, Government of India. IIF had a stall in the fair to exhibit their products and activities related to Indian foundries. More than 500 visitors had shown interest to the stall which resulted in a number of queries about the services of IIF. They had also shown interest on outsourcing castings / tools for molding / foundry chemicals from India and offered their technical services. Some delegates were looking for local personnel to look after their businesses in India. The IIF also organised "India Day Celebrations & Casting Buyers Meet" during the fair on 1 July jointly with Engineering Export Promotion Council, India. The event was attended by more than 150 delegates from India and other countries. Various dignitaries addressed the gathering and stressed on India becoming the global hub for sourcing quality castings. FOUNDRY RETURN SAND HAS BEEN UTILISED TO MAKE BRICKS BY MIXING IT WITH QUARRY DUST, SOIL AND PORTLAND CEMENT IN A SUITABLE RATIO. 26 www.metals.rala.com.au
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